Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal
Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.
“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”
“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.
Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.
“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean offered the following statement following this morning’s dual terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium:
“The innocent people who were lost in today’s cowardly attacks have our prayers, and the brave responders our admiration.
“New Jersey stands with the people of Belgium and all of those who stand defiant against this ideology of hate and fear.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on to promote new legislation that would support charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profit and charitable organizations.
Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has helped thousands of families in northwestern New Jersey to break the generational cycle of poverty, by addressing education, employment, parenting skills, legal problems, counseling and the many other interlocking issues experienced by families in need. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, adults, children, senior citizens and two-parent households.
“Project Self-Sufficiency is the perfect example of a community-based charitable organization that would benefit from our legislation encouraging charitable giving,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “With increased fundraising, Project Self-Sufficiency could expand their already impressive efforts to improve the lives of struggling families in the region. Our legislation will make donating more affordable for those who wish to support their charitable efforts.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (3/21): Kean & Oroho to Tour Project Self-Sufficiency, Promote New Legislation to Strengthen NJ Charities
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho are touring Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, March 21 to highlight the organization’s comprehensive efforts to assist low-income individuals and families, as well as to promote new legislation that would increase resources for New Jersey charities.
Who: Senators Tom Kean and Steven Oroho, hosted by Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director, Project Self-Sufficiency
What: Touring Project Self-Sufficiency, highlighting legislation to help New Jersey’s non-profits and charities
When: Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ 07860
Event Contacts: Emily Everson – (609) 847-3600
The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) that would prohibit “upskirting” pictures by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy laws.
“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.
“With cellphone cameras now almost ubiquitous throughout our society, there are more chances for voyeurs to exploit people’s privacy,” Kean said. “We need to make sure our laws are equipped to punish people using technology to expose others when they are vulnerable or unsuspecting.”
Measure Would Provide A-List Entertainers Incentives to Schedule Shows in the Garden State
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help improve Atlantic City’s economy through tax incentives for A-list performers has been approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
The Senator noted that New Jersey venues compete for talent that can choose to schedule shows in states with lower income tax rates or no income taxes at all, including Nevada, Florida, Texas and Tennessee.
“Top bands that can sell out shows and earn tax-free income in Las Vegas or Miami have little incentive to play in Atlantic City or subject themselves to New Jersey’s high tax rates,” said Kean. “We should not forget that we generate no tax revenue from empty venues when performers skip New Jersey.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jim Holzapfel were honored for their work protecting the state’s animals and pets by the New Jersey chapter of The Humane Society of the United States.
They were each presented the 2015 Humane Legislator of the Year Award at the Humane Society’s 5th Annual New Jersey Humane Lobby Day.
“I’ve always believed that how we treat animals, both individually and as a state, is a reflection of our values,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “We can be compassionate, generous and humane not just through our personal actions, but also through the laws with statewide impact that we help to advance.”
“We’ve worked to put New Jersey at the head of a nationwide effort to put puppy and kitten mills and their inhumane practices out of business,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “We’re focusing on new legislation that would keep convicted animal abusers from repeating their crimes and ensure safe living conditions for all of the pets in our care.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to news that NJ Transit and its rail unions have averted a possible strike next week that would have caused chaos for commuters:
“NJ Transit provides more than 300,000 rides on its rail service every weekday, taking commuters to both work and school.
“A rail strike would have caused gridlock throughout New Jersey, hurt our economy and made the difficult lives of those thousands of commuters even harder.
In Asbury Park, the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County hosted Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck as they promoted legislation that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey charities on the front lines serving millions of children and families.
This legislation, S-1932 introduced Monday, would establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to Garden State charities.
“A study released by Damooei Global Research found that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Clubs can generate 15 dollars of positive impact in the community, by way of improved safety and academic performance for children, as well as increased parental income,” said Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “I am greatly encouraged by any effort to make it easier for caring folks to invest in their own communities.”
S-1932 is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.
“The children and volunteers we met today are truly inspiring, and the extraordinary efforts of BGCM for local families are something Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “In every corner of New Jersey, charities are struggling to obtain enough funding to serve their missions supporting children, families, seniors, people with disabilities, those with special needs and the most-vulnerable.”